Sanders Headed to ACC

Rakim Sanders was always considered a lock to stay close to home. That's exactly what happened, but he went a little further than people expected.

Just a couple weeks removed from watching its top two assistant coaches leave for head coaching jobs, Boston College landed its most highly rated recruit in years.

The Eagles got a verbal commitment from St. Andrew's (R.I.) 6-foot-5 junior shooting guard Rakim Sanders (, No. 35) on Monday afternoon.

``It's like I'm staying home, but it's not home," Sanders said of heading about an hour away from his home in Pawtucket, R.I. to play college ball. "I was worried that if I stayed around here at Providence, it'd be tough for me to focus."

Sanders averaged 20.3 points and 6 rebounds and has tremendous potential. He's one of the top perimeter shooters in the country and has become more well-rounded of late.

``I was happy with his performance the last month of the season," St. Andrew's coach Mike Hart said. "His work ethic really picked up and it led to him performing at a much higher level."

``He's a guy who can really create mismatches with his size, he can post up smaller guards effectively and is able to do things off the dribble that he couldn't do a year ago," Hart added. "His work ethic is the key and it's getting better."

Sanders also considered Providence, Syracuse and Ohio State.

One of the keys in Sanders pulling the trigger was the fact that BC coach Al Skinner recently hired one of his former players at Rhode Island, Preston Murphy, as the Eagles director of basketball operations.

Murphy, who was a high school coach in Rhode Island for the past few years, has a lengthy relationship with Sanders.

``I've known him for a while and while I was comfortable with the coaching staff already, that sealed the deal for me," Sanders said.

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